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People of Color Are Already Getting Hit the Hardest by Climate Change

thenationmagazine:

"Sixty-eight percent of African Americans live within thirty miles of a coal-fired power plant, the zone of maximum exposure to pollutants that cause an array of ailments, from heart disease to birth defects. Communities of color breathe in nearly forty percent more polluted air than whites. African American children are three times as likely to suffer an asthma attack.”

-Steven Hsieh interviews Jacqueline Patterson, Executive Director of the NAACP’s Climate Justice Initiative